A black IPA collaboration beer between Begyle and DryHop Brewers. (DryHop Brewers )
La Tomatina Menu
Mercat a la Planxa 638 S. Michigan Ave. 312-765-0524
Celebrate the Spanish tomato-throwing festival by throwing a few onto your fork in the form of this three-course, tomato-centric prix fixe including shrimp in a tomato sauce with Spanish feta and grilled bread and more—plus an Absolut vodka, tomato water and horseradish caviar cocktail. 4-10 p.m. $35.
American Variety 2 with Alison & Carolyn
Haymarket Pub & Brewery 737 W. Randolph St. 312-638-0700
Drinking & Writing co-founder Sean Benjamin joins comedians Alison Connelly and Carolyn Shoemaker for a booze-themed sketch cabaret revue. Take in the show with a $7 pint of Ombibulous American IPA, inspired by essayist H.L. Mencken's quote, "I'm ombibulous. I drink every known alcoholic drink and enjoy them all." 8:30 p.m. $15. Through Sept. 25. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com.
Begyle Beer Release
DryHop Brewers 3155 N. Broadway 773-857-3155
You can measure time by which beer you're drinking during tappings of the first release of Maybe Next Summer "procrastination" ale (6 p.m.), Calypso's Song IPA (7 p.m.), Don't Bring Me Down Zeus double IPA (8 p.m.) and the return of newly brewed Begyle-DryHop collaborative beer, Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts (9 p.m.), available for $6-$8 each. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-609-2336
Get a double dose of funny with seven stand-up comics—Tim Barnes, Kristen Toomey, Ian Abramson, Alex Stone, Marlena Rodriguez and RedEye 5 on 5 contributor Clark Jones—and screenings of seven humorous short films by local comedy groups, complete with a cash bar and $1 popcorn. 9 p.m. $5.
Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Contest
Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted St. 773-477-9189
Comedian Bradley Thomas hosts a viewing party featuring screenings of audition videos by 15 semifinalists—and hosted Absolut vodka tastings—in this laugh challenge co-sponsored by The Advocate magazine. Five contestants move forward—along with three previously selected online voting competition winners—to the Sept. 24 finals at Zanies. 8-10 p.m.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Visit the Clever Alice fall sample sale pop-up shop Wednesday-Sunday at 17 E. Pearson St.: cleveralice.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.